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How To Catch Bass In The Spring

Aug 17, 2007
To be certain, spring bass fishing is the best seasonal fishing in the United States. Anglers swarm to the lakes like flies (and sometimes with them!) for excellent bass fishing between February and May. Of course, those new to the sport don't have the level of experience that many of these longtime fishermen do and still require some tips for where to find the best spring fishing in the country. Let's take a look at some of the biggest bass fishing lakes in Texas and the techniques used by avid anglers in the area to come up with consistently large numbers and sizes of spring bass.

Lake Fork and Sam Rayburn are probably the best bass fishing lakes in all of Texas, especially if you want to find bass over twelve pounds. In fact, while many area lakes have more fish, none can produce the sizes that these two do every spring. Both lakes are full of preferred hangouts for large bass in spring: creeks branching off (especially those running near shallow water), points, coves, breaklines, and banks with deep cuts. The most common trend you'll find in spring fishing in these areas is that the bass will hunker down along breaklines. Of course, in early spring, you can search the creeks from the mouth bed all the way up to the top end, and you are quite likely to find several decent sized schools of large bass staging in areas of brush, spawning and simply staying out of the current.

The tactic to use is this: get ready to cover a lot of water, because you can never tell at what point the bass are going to stage. However, when trolling the waters, stay along a breakline. In the spring, bass are concerned with three things only - spawning, eating, and resting. They can take care of all of the above by sticking close to a breakline. Shallower water is better for eating and can also provide options for spawning, especially if there is heavy foliage or cover in the shallower area. For rest and dormancy during daytime, the deeper water along the breakline provides the perfect shelter from overheating, as well as from excess current.

To target these creatures during the season, you will probably get the best response with crankbaits, either deep diving or lipless (the former for deeper waters and the latter for shallow casting).However, if you can find staging females, you should switch to a soft jerkbait or a jig-and-craw. If you work it slowly, you'll be sure to have an effect on these cows.
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Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on spring bass fishing here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/
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